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Prez Barack Obama -- That Damn TMZ!

4/12/2009 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Obama's dogApparently President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle were trying to keep the whole Presidential dog thing under wraps -- and then we came along...

The White House had offered The Washington Post a "puppy exclusive" when the time came, according to The Washington Post! But last Friday, we got all the details.

-- the pup was coming from a Texas kennel
-- the kennel had sold Senator Ted Kennedy 3 Portuguese Water Dogs in the past, all from the same lineage
-- the dog the Obama's were getting is also from the same lineage as the Kennedy dogs
-- the Obama dog was originally sold to a private owner, who returned it
-- the dog was named Charlie, but the Obamas planned to rename it
-- the dog was going to be "re-homed" to the Obamas from the kennel, and presented to the Obamas by the Kennedy family
-- the reason it's important that the dog was "re-homed" is because the Obamas could not accept the dog as a gift, and re-homing averts the problem.
-- the dog will be officially presented to the Obamas by the Kennedys on Tuesday

So that's what we said Friday. And sure enough, The Post is now saying the dog was renamed Bo, after Bo Diddley.

We got a pic of a pooch that appears to be Bo. Today, The Post ran a pic of the doggie with the Prez, Michelle, Sasha and Malia.

BTW, there are reports that Ted Kennedy gave the puppy to the First Family as a gift -- untrue. It was re-homed by the kennel and the Kennedy family only facilitated the transfer.

So, we didn't break Watergate, but Puppygate -- we're all over it!

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46.

Ron    

Wow we are being liberated by HRH's Barry. We finally have the first "Half Black" dog in the White House. Ooops, I am not talking about the new puppy here!

1969 days ago
47.

wheelie    

am I missing something ? .............HE CLAIMED HE WAS GOING TO RESCUE ONE FROM A SHELTER ???? HE CANT EVEN BE TRUTHFUL ON THE DOG ? what happened to the rescue ? the shelters are FULL of dogs being put to sleep because of the economy and unemployment -------- he cant even do that right ?? I lost my job and I just rescued a dog - and I have the vet bills to prove it - I cant believe this guy .....a shelter dog must be to good for him ........its so disgusting ...he does nothing he says he will do..........

1969 days ago
48.

SHANNON MOAKLEY    

A dog from the Kennedy clan must be able to fetch booze (or coke) for the owners.
A dog from the Kennedy clan must be able to drive drunk off bridges and swim home without telling anyone.
The dog must be able to swim like a kidnapped captain that's waiting for POTUS to get over swooning over a puppy and maybe think of saving his life. GET YOUR STINKIN' PRIORITIES STRAIGHT STUPID!!!

1969 days ago
49.

edwards    

Official Washington is already calling the pooch by his official name - FDOTUS - First Dog of the United States (fdotus.com). The Prez is POTUS (pres of the US); Michelle is FLOTUS; the Supreme Court is SCOTUS, and so on. These names are actually used in conversation, memos, White House corridors and so on. Yes, DC is a Very STRANGE place! Happy Easter to all COTUS (Citizens of the US)!

1969 days ago
50.

Lyn    

So, the girls name the dog Bo. Bo, that's interesting. The same letters as Barack Obama. BO. B-O, Something stinks here.
Naw, ya think?

1969 days ago
51.

SHANNON MOAKLEY    

Dear BO.
Please save the kidnapped captain because your idiot owners certainly aren't doing anything about it!!!
Happy Easter

1969 days ago
52.

AbbieM    

I don't understand why they couldn't pay for the dog, and why they had to go through all those hoops to make it a "rehomed" "gift." Is all politics sleight of hand?

1969 days ago
53.

wheelie    

he is unbelievable - rescuing a shelter dog was the one thing he could have done right to set an example - and he blows that ? GO ON PETFINDER.COM IF YOU DOUBT HOW MANY DOGS ARE IN SHELTERS - I GAVE THE GUY HUUUUGE CREDIT FOR SAYING HE WAS GOING TO RESCUE A DOG FROM A SHELTER - ITS A NOBLE THING TO DO - HE HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT IT - --------------------------------------------------------------DOGS ARE BEING PUT TO SLEEP DAILY BECAUSE THE SHELTERS ARE FULL - I AM NOT A HATER - JUST AS AN FYI - HE WAS EVEN IN A BOOK I SAW ABOUT A BREEDERS DOG THAT LOST A LEG IN A PUPPY MILL - I SAW IT LAST YEAR - HE KNOWS WHATS UP AT SHELTERS - HE SHOULD MAKE UP FOR THIS BY ADOPTING 2 MORE DOGS FROM SHELTERS -

1969 days ago
54.

diana    

I'm glad that it finally came out.
Just can't figure out how TMJ can get all this information, if they are not dealing out "M" to someone undercover.

1969 days ago
55.

Daisy    

You buttheads believe these obamas. Like the WH trying to convince people he didn't bow or curtsey to the Saudi king on his meaningless visit to Europe. Imagine, the President of the United States bowing to a sovereing king. Their spin is he did not, yet it is plainly obvious he did bow down. Any lower and he would have to have his name changed to Monica. 3 years 8 months and counting. Look at the doggy here, no, don't look there, looky here.

Cattle.

1969 days ago
56.

What?    

Glad to see people are losing their minds over a dog. I wonder if poster are notifying their neighbor and relatives before making a HUGE, HUGE decision before purchasing a family pet. Small minded people act as if every family decision must be approved by the country. Many of the posters haven't rescused a shelter dog themselves. Even more important, the hate shows they would not rescue a fellow human being in need. Some people live to hate.

1969 days ago
57.

susan    

a puppy exclusive? oh please this man is sissyfying america.
everybody knows they can step on obamas foot and he would apologise
as for lyin biden ...

1969 days ago
58.

What?    

Some nut job is on the impression that logical people would spend their times reserving on dog availability. Someone is OCD and needs meds. QUICK!! Get a life. Obviously, the dog has more a life and personality than you.

1969 days ago
59.

Elle    

Bo is soooooo cute! But when are we going to address Petaluma Cats?

1969 days ago
60.

What?    

I guess math was your weakest subject.. Correction - 7 years 8 months.

1969 days ago
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